IRELAND'S MOST VISITED ATTRACTION AND A HIGHLIGHT ON THE WILD ATLANTIC WAY
The Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare, are Ireland’s most visited natural attraction with a magical vista that captures the hearts of up to one million visitors every year. They stretch for 8km (5 miles), as the crow flies, along the Wild Atlantic Way and reach 214m (702 feet) at their highest point.
From the Cliffs on a clear day you can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, as well as the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara, Loop Head to the south and the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands in Kerry.
In the ancient Gaelic language, the word Mothar means 'ruined fort' and a 1st century BC fort stood where Moher tower now stands. Therefore the Cliffs of Moher means 'the cliffs of the ruined fort' and, although there is no trace remaining of this two thousand year old fort, it has given its name to the famous cliffs.
The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience is located almost midway along these spectacular cliffs. It is the site of:
- The environmentally friendly visitor centre, set into the hillside.
- O’Brien’s Tower - the 19th century viewing tower.
- 800 metres of protected cliff side pathways, viewing areas and steps.
O’Brien’s Tower, at the Cliffs, is now open to visitors following a period of remedial works. The tower, which stands near the highest point of the Cliffs, was built in 1835, by local landlord Sir Cornelius O’Brien, a descendent of Brian Ború, as a viewing point for 19th century tourists. Over the years O’Brien’s Tower has become a well-loved feature of a visit to the Cliffs. There is a small charge to gain access to the rooftop viewing platform.
The Cliffs of Moher are easily accessed by road from Shannon Airport (60 minutes), Galway (75 minutes), Ennis (46 minutes), Limerick (75 minutes) and from the Tarbert to Killimer Ferry (75 minutes). Dublin is approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes via Limerick.